Even though in Singapore (and many other countries), the durian is banned in all types of public transport for its smell, it’s not dubbed the King of Fruits for nothing. Despite people having negative opinions about the smell and sometimes the look of the durian, it actually has a lot of health benefits.

Here are only some of them:

Can help fight Anemia

Anemia is basically a condition that arises when the body does not have enough hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a primary component in red blood cells and functions to bind oxygen to blood. Not having enough healthy red blood cells will mean that all the other cells of the body will not be supplied with oxygen. Folate, in this instance, is vital for the production of red blood cells. Durians contain a high amount of folic acid, so much that one serving already contains almost 20% of the required daily intake.

Improve cardiovascular health

Contrary to popular belief, durians will not increase cholesterol. In fact, durians contain 0 cholesterol! In addition, durian has fiber which can help reduce the bad cholesterol in the body. This means that it can help prevent the build-up of bad cholesterol in the cardiovascular system. It also contains potassium, which can help regulate blood pressure. This basically means that you’re keeping your heart healthy while also getting rid of any bad cholesterol before they can cause further damage.

Promotes healthy bones

Durians contain substantial amounts of calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and a lot more. All of which is known as essential minerals for the development of bones. They contribute to bone growth, strength, and durability. Despite calcium being the more abundant mineral in the bones, the potassium also helps to keep it in the bones so that it is not wasted or released onto the blood unnecessarily.

Possibly slows aging

The durian by nature has significant antioxidant properties all due to its mineral content. The antioxidants help relieve inflammations and can even help eliminate free radicals around the body. If you are “free” of free radicals, you might be able to slow down the development of wrinkles, hair loss, arthritis, and etc.

Is said to fight cancer

The antioxidants of the durian are also attributed to fighting cancer. Vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin B complex, for example, helps reduce stress on the organs caused by free radicals and excess waste in the body. These free radicals basically cause tumor growths and inflammations that will eventually lead to the production of more cancer cells. With the durian’s abundance in nutrients, minerals, and antioxidant properties, these free radicals will be cleaned away easily.

Can aid digestion

Durians also contain a significant amount of dietary fiber which is important for a healthy digestive system. It can help ease bowel movement because it stimulates the production of healthy digestive acid that can aid in the whole process of digesting food. This basically helps against diarrhea, constipation, and problems with the intestines.